It is now recognised that allotments deliver a wide range of benefits. These include being sources of fresh fruit and vegetables and the improvements that they make to diet, making a contribution to a healthy and active lifestyle, providing reservoirs of biodiversity, and opportunities for creativity and learning.
Allotments are a unique urban resource. Allotment gardening provides the opportunity for a year-round healthy lifestyle which is active, socially inclusive and which reflects the ideals of sustainability and well-being.
Unlike other leisure activities, allotments provides not only exercise, mental relaxation and lifelong learning opportunities, but also the fresh fruit and vegetables that benefit healthy living. Allotment gardening, fundamentally, is about primary food production.